P.A.W.S. receives Harvard Pilgrim mini-grant

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 1:30pm

    PORTLAND — Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced the P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden has been awarded $500 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.

    Will Knight, an employee of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, nominated the organization for the award, a press release noted.

    Funds will be used to help provide emergency pet care.

    To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.

    This program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year, per the release.

    “We are so fortunate to have generous and dedicated employees who enrich our company and the communities in which we all live and work,” said Karen Voci, President of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. “The Mini-Grant program is a wonderful way to support our employees as philanthropists and to help them make an impact in their own cities and towns.”

    Since this community grants program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed $6.8 million to thousands of organizations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

    In 2019, 96% of Harvard Pilgrim employees participated in at least one form of service or giving through volunteering, the Mini-Grants program, or Harvard Pilgrim’s annual Employee Fundraising Campaign.

    Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim's mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities they serve.

    The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation provides the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

    In 2019, the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation awarded nearly $2.9 million in grants to 990 nonprofit organizations in the region.

    Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has awarded $155 million in funds and resources throughout the four states. For more information, please visit harvardpilgrim.org/foundation.